Roberto Valent, the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United Nations Development Coordination Office (UNDCO), will visit Guyana from July 11 to 15, 2022.
During his visit Mr. Valent will meet with President Dr. Irfaan Ali and Prime Minister Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Phillips along with other senior representatives of the Government of Guyana.
In addition, Mr. Valent will be received by Secretary-General of CARICOM Dr. Carla Barnett.
Discussions will focus on climate change and Guyana’s low carbon development pathway; food systems and the “25 by 25” strategy to reduce the regional food import bill; UN-CARICOM cooperation; and the reform of the United Nations development system.
As part of his programme of meetings, Mr. Valent will meet with representatives of the political opposition, and with Guyana’s civil society.
He brings 27 years of service to the United Nations, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
He has also served as Resident Coordinator in Argentina, Special Representative of the UNDP Administrator for the Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize (2010‑2015) and held leadership positions with UNDP in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2005‑2007) as well as in Sudan (2002‑2005).